Project Blog update:
Weds. July 24, 2013
Chemo wk 2 of 16. Day 9 of 14 day cycle
“FINDING BEAUTY – in cancer” A personal project.
Note: there will be some nudity in these upcoming posts. Please view with your eyes closed if it bothers you.
My incredibly creative friends (click on name to see their sites) Joni Kabana, Bill Purcell, Lloyd Lemmermann and I did 2 photo shoots before I started chemo. I will post them soon. I’ve done one self-portrait since treatment began and will continue to do one waist up raw portrait each week regardless of how I look or feel. No makeup, no hair. No breasts at some point in the future then new ones. Just ‘what is’ every week. Every other week I hope to collaborate with other creatives to reinvent myself and my look. Tomorrow will be the first collaborative shoot since treatment and I will have my HAIR CUT OFF! Likely two or three different styles, the final being a super short pixie cut. It all comes out next week anyhow. Hair stylist Tamara Dayton, videographer/photographer Lloyd Lemmermann, photographer Michael Schoenholtz and makeup by the fabulous artist Kirstie Wright are coming to the studio tomorrow evening to play with my first new look(s). Put on your red lipstick & drink a toast around 5:30PM. I’ll post photos for you soon. I’m grateful to have a project to focus my mind on, as it is really the only work I’ve been able to do for two weeks. I have one professional family photography session on Friday. I’m looking forward to it, as it will be the end of my chemo cycle and I think I’ll feel well. Based on this first two week example, I hope I will be able to work with my client every other week between treatments although the fatigue problems accumulate as the treatments progress. I had no physical balance, strength or high energy for photographing children last week and had to postpone all of my sessions although I’m feeling more alive now. One-on-one business headshots are more my speed until I get my feet under me again this month. If you need them or know anyone who does, now is the time. Obviously, I am self-employed and my only means of support so I have to keep working part time. Kimberli